Gary Zimmerman - Notes & Quotes



One of the few players ever to be voted to two of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams (1980s and 1990s)

Began his career in the United States Football League with the Los Angeles Express.

Had NFL streak of 169 consecutive starts

Voted first-team All-Pro five times (three with the Vikings, twice with the Broncos)


“He’s an outstanding player. He has the size and speed we’re looking for, and he has outstanding athletic ability. I think he can play center or guard, and I’m not so sure he couldn’t play tackle.” – Gil Brandt, former Dallas Cowboys player personnel director, November 1983

“He’s definitely a Hall of Famer. He’s one of the biggest reasons John (Elway) could be the best he could be.” – Dan Reeves, former Denver Broncos head coach

“A man of few words and many Pro Bowls.” - Adam Schefter, NFL Network, then of the Denver Post

“He doesn’t want people to know what a nice, generous guy he really is.” – Brian Habib, former Denver Broncos teammate

“Very intelligent, very educated, very determined a great work ethic.  People just see this big, quiet lumberjack who plays football, but there’s a lot more to him than that.” – Mark Schlereth, former Denver Broncos teammate

“Winning the ring, doing what nobody thought we could do, that’s what I’ll always remember, that’s what you play the game for.” – Gay Zimmerman

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